Moscow is a city with a centuries-old history and a vast cultural heritage, so you have to admit it immediately: you cannot get around everything in a day. Most likely, not enough for a month, because even native Muscovites often discover something new in their hometown. If, for any reason, it is enough to visit Moscow for a day, it is useful to determine in advance the route and visit as many of the most popular sites in the capital as possible.
Do not go far from the city center, because the permanent movement in transport takes a lot of precious time. On the other hand, the Moscow Metro is a landmark distinct from the city, and it would be unforgivable not to go down at least once.
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WE CHOOSE THE MOST POPULAR TOURIST SPOTS IN MOSCOW, WHICH ARE RELATIVELY CLOSE TO EACH OTHER
I. The Kremlin and Red Square
Knowledge of the city should begin here. A person interested in history could pass among the local attractions and holidays, but one day you will see the main sites of the historical center of Moscow: Spassky Tower, Tsar Bell, Tsar Cannon, St. Basil’s Cathedral, Cathedral of the Assumption, The Armory Chamber, Mausoleum and many others. In the Kremlin, you can choose one of hundreds of guided tours or simply stroll.
II. Sparrow Hills
Sparrow Hills is a beautiful park where you can walk among the shaded avenues or along the embankment. Here you can see the excursion ferries or go to the observation deck, from where the most beautiful view of the city opens. The journey from the metro station “Vorobyovy Gory” to the observation platform takes about thirty minutes. It is also interesting to note the metro station of the same name: it is located directly on the bridge, and its station hall is recognized as the largest in Moscow.
III. Old Arbat
Perhaps, one of the most famous streets of Moscow. Since the seventies of the twentieth century, the street has become completely pedestrian, and now street musicians, dancers and other artists often perform there. On the Arbat, you can often meet artists who are ready to draw a portrait or cartoon for a certain amount. There are many cafes, shops and unusual museums. The length of the Arbat is only a kilometer: it is amazing how so many attractions could fit on such a small street.
IV. Patriarchal ponds
Bulgakov’s admirers will certainly love the idea of going to the place where the story began, described in the novel “Master and Margarita”. Here, they have even installed the panel “It is forbidden to speak to strangers” – to avoid the repetition of the sad fate of Berlioz and Bezdomny. However, the ponds of the patriarch – a very beautiful place and without references to the classics of Russian literature. It is not surprising that many famous people have lived here: Vladimir Mayakovsky, Marina Tsvetaeva, Vasily Surikov, Ivan Sechin and others.
V. The Cathedral of Christ the Savior
A huge and majestic temple is located near the metro station “Kropotkinskaya”. It is a temple of modern construction, but it is executed in the best traditions of the Byzantine style. On the roof there is an observation deck, from which you can see all the center of Moscow, but you can only go there as part of a paid tour. After seeing the temple, you can take a walk along Ostozhenka, one of Moscow’s most expensive streets.
VI. Kitay-gorod (China town)
This area is located in the historic part of the city, and there is definitely something to see. Kitay-gorod is the home to the Trinity Church in Nikitniki, the Cathedral of the Kazan Icon of the Mother of God and the Gate of the Resurrection. On the territory of Kitay-gorod you can find GUM, whose main entrance goes to Red Square. In 2008, the famous Gastronome №1 opened here, where you can buy not only specialties from different countries of the world, but also traditional for Soviet-era products and sweets.
VII. VDNKh (Exhibition of Achievements of National Economy)
The exhibition of the achievements of the national economy is quite far from the center, but a person who is interested in the life and culture of Moscow should certainly visit it. There are many pavilions where various thematic events take place. In winter, the largest ice rink in the world with artificial ice tracks. One of the largest aquariums in Europe operates in the territory of VDNKh. After the reconstruction in 2014 of VDNKH territory you can go to the Botanical Garden and the Ostankino Park.
VIII. Bolshoi Theater
The building of the Bolshoi Theater has long been one of Moscow’s main sights. Here are the most important opera and ballet performances with the participation of eminent personalities of art. After the reconstruction in 2011, the theater receives visitors again. As part of a walking tour of Moscow, just admire the renovated building of the Bolshoi Theater and make memorable photos sitting in a small square in front.
IX. The Tretyakov Gallery
Here is a huge collection of works of art. An ordinary visit to the Tretyakov Gallery takes three hours, but a tourist who has only one day to get to know Moscow is allowed to familiarize himself with the masterpieces, the oldest of which date back to the 11th century. The Tretyakov Gallery regularly organizes exhibitions – before going there, it is useful to ask which exhibition will be presented on the day of the visit.
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Tours in which you can visit Moscow:
- Classic tour in Moscow and St. Petersburg
- Luxury tour in Moscow and St. Petersburg
- Tour of the Golden Ring, Moscow and St. Petersburg
- Private tour three Capitals of Russia
- Tour the Best of Moscow and Sergiev Posad
- Classic moto tour from Moscow to St. Petersburg
- Moto tour in Moscow, St. Petersburg and Russian north